The Truth About Milk Nutrition: Almond, Rice and Oat Milk Alternatives
Milk nutrition has been glorified in the media for many years. There was a time when milk was good for you, but times have changed. A number of unhealthy side effects have been associated with milk consumption. Several doctors have reported finding various symptoms associated with milk consumption which include fatigue, mental fog, joint pain, digestive problems and skin conditions.
Cow’s milk goes through several processes that deplete its nutritional value before it goes to market. Health regulations require that milk undergo a pasteurization or heating process to kill disease causing bacteria. Unfortunately, this process alters the protein structure, which effects nutritional value and absorption. It also destroys many important enzymes including lactase which is essential for lactose absorption. Indigestible lactose is the reason for lactose intolerance in so many individuals.
Ultra pasteurization, or ultra high heating,which is used to extend shelf life, damages milk nutrition even further. Homogenization is a process used to prevent separation of milk and cream and to extend shelf life. This process shrinks the fat globules, allowing the enzyme xanthine oxidase to escape into the blood stream where it has been found to comprise heart health over time.
Cow’s milk is loaded with a variety of hormones which can affect hormone balance in humans. Cows live in a stressed condition due to disease, infections and over-milking, causing the overproduction of cortisol in the blood. Drinking milk with high cortisol levels leads to increased stress levels in humans. The growth hormone rBGH which is used to increase milk production has been linked to colon, prostate and breast cancer. Suprisingly, there is an allowance for pus content in milk.
Unfortunately, the amount found in milk is far above the allowance. At present levels pus has a direct link to an unhealthy strain of bacteria and Crohn’s disease. Due to limited space, cows are confined to small areas, allowing disease and infections to spread rapidly, making the use of antibiotics necessary.
Eighty five different drugs are used and only four are regulated, allowing eighty one of those drugs to end up in your glass of milk. Overexposure to antibiotics has been found to lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria and allergies. The most common allergy among children is cow’s milk. Accompanying symptoms include digestive problems, eczema and asthma.
Milk has always been considered a good source of calcium. However, this may not be the case. It is believed by some experts that the high phosphorus content in milk tends to promote calcium loss. The increase in de-fatted milk sales adds to the problem because vitamin A and D are fat-soluble nutrients which are needed for calcium absorption.
There are several healthy options that can replace milk. Non-dairy milk alternatives include: Almond milk - this is an excellent replacement for milk if it is organic and contains fiber and calcium. Rice and oat milk can be found in many supermarkets because of their popularity. Another options is hemp milk.